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Subject: A Trivia / Party Game That Leaves Something to Be Desired rss

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Matthew Cordeiro
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Four Real is a hybrid trivia/party game that involves some betting as well. Each question has 4 answers, and players must bet on how many answers they can correctly give. If you hit your number, you get that many chips from the pot. If you come up short, you put your bet in the pot. Highest bet gets the question. The game ends when the pot is empty. Sounds simple enough, and it really is. The game has a great concept but lacks in execution in a few areas.

If the highest bidder doesn't give all four correct answers, the other players get to guess as well. The rules fail to mention how this properly works, which is unfortunate since this is a big part of the game. Does the reader reveal the correct answers or just the number of correct answers? Do the other players get 4 guesses or just 1 guess per answer remaining? We decided to reveal which correct answers were given and then allow the other players 1 guess per answer remaining.

The cards have 2 questions each, and each question has a topic "hint." Players are supposed to bet knowing only the hint. The problem is the hint is so obscure that you have no idea what you're actually bidding on. We decided to just read the question up front and bid knowing the question.

Finally, players bet using a beting chip and "colorforms" that adhere to the chip. Why not just supply 5 betting chips per player? We're talking a total of 16 additional plastic chips here.

Overall, Four Real is a decent party/trivia game for 4 players or teams. I give it a 5/10. With some playtesting and better components to fix the flaws above it would have been a 6/10, An interesting concept that leaves something to be desired. I think Wits & Wagers does a better job at this genre.

Also, an interesting variant would be to play this poker style. Divide up all the chips. The player to the left of the reader throws in at least 1 chip to start. Going clockwise, each player has the chance to up the ante. The highest bidder gets the question. If they hit their number, they win the pot; otherwise, the chips stay on the table.
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